April 13, 2015
Somewhere out in America, it is starting to rain….
The rain that had been threatening New Orleans came down in
a fury about midway through the qualifying session for the first Indy Car race
at NOLA Motorsports Park. At first it wasn’t too bad, and it allowed for the
rare occurrence of Indy Cars running in wet conditions, using special road
course rain tires, but after about twenty minutes the rain became too heavy and
it pretty much canceled the qualifying session.
With qualifying canceled, it meant that the starting line-up
for the race would be determined by owner points. Since only one race had been
run, the season opener at St. Pete, the starting line-up was basically the same
as the finishing order of that race which meant that Juan Pablo Montoya would
start in the pole position, having won at St. Pete.
While the rain-out was disappointing, the good news is that
I got to hang around in the pits and paddock during the rain delay and got to
watch both a dry practice session and the initial qualifying that was held
under rainy conditions. I love watching the Indy Cars running in the rain, the
huge rooster-tails of water that the cars kick-up and the slick conditions make
the driving both exciting and dangerous. I’d never want to see anyone hurt, but
watching the cars slide around the corners is thrilling, and they seem to spin
off with great abandon.
Once it got too bad though, they correctly called it a day
and I headed back in to town to take in more of the culture and entertainment
of the French Quarter Festival and other music around the city. The rain did
not stop the music and it did not dampen the enthusiasm of the hardy music fans
of New Orleans.
Kathy and I made our way to the famous Tipitina’s club to
watch a set by Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes in the historic venue. Johnny
Sketch has played Key West at the Parrot fairly often, including a number of memorable
New Year’s Eve gigs in the past. They are one the many of New Orleans up and
coming musical acts and their set at Tipitina’s did not disappoint.
There was a packed crowd and they (and we) loved the set. It
was a true New Orleans experience and we were thrilled to be there, even if by
the late hour they were playing we were both pretty tired. We stayed as late as
we possibly could remain standing after about ninety minutes of the set, and
when we left the band showed no signs of stopping any time soo
On the way home we stopped at District Donuts, Sliders and
Brew, which was right next to our favorite breakfast spot in New Orleans, the
amazing Stein’s Deli. These two amazing places in one spot is almost enough to
consider relocating to the Garden District by themselves. Amazing food, amazing
setting and must visit stops for anyone traveling to the Big Easy.